KCSO warns of phone scam

Kern County Sheriff’s Office has warned of a new phone scam.

On April 5 KCSO deputies began investigating reports of a telephone scam involving someone claiming to be a Deputy Sheriff. The suspect tells the victim they missed jury duty, have a warrant, or have an unpaid fine. The suspect then threatens to arrest the victim if they do not make a payment.

This is a scam; these calls are not coming from anyone employed with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. The KCSO will never demand any payments over the telephone and will not require fines be paid in any specific payment method.

Please do not provide these suspects with any money or personal information over the telephone.

KCSO investigating toddler death

KCSO has launched an investigation into the death of a 16-month-old child who died on Feb. 16. According to the coroner’s report, the toddler was transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital “after he was found unresponsive at home. A postmortem examination was completed and the cause and manner of death are pending further studies.”